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Wikipedia article of the day for March 3, 2021

Wikipedia article of the day is Carmen. Check it out: Summary: Carmen is an opera in four acts which Georges Bizet set to a libretto by the team Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on Prosper Mérimée’s novella. When it was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences. The opera was originally written with musical numbers and spoken dialogue. Set in southern Spain, it tells of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the fiery gypsy Carmen, and finally kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality, and lawlessness broke new ground in French opera. Bizet died suddenly after the 33rd performance, unaware that the work would achieve international acclaim within the following ten years. Carmen has become one of the most frequently performed operas, with the “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song” among the best known of all operatic arias. The music has been acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for Bizet’s skill in expressing the emotions and suffering of his characters.